Bee Gee Robin Gibb dies, aged 62

The singer, songwriter and Bee Gees star has finally lost his battle with cancer

Robin Gibb has died aged 62 following a lengthy battle with cancer, his family have confirmed.

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The singer, best known as one third of the Bee Gees, had been fighting colon and liver cancer in recent years. After contracting pneumonia last month he fell into a coma but made an unexpected recovery to continue his battle.

His son Robin-John said at the time: “They gave him an under ten per cent survival chance and he has beaten the odds… he really is something else.”

A statement released by Gibbs family said “The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.”

Gibb formed the Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958, selling more than 200 million records over a period of success that spanned six decades. But it is probably the multi-platinum selling soundtrack to 1977 John Travolta movie Saturday Night Fever for which they are best known.

Songs including Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive and More Than a Woman showcased the disco sound and falsetto singing that helped define that era of their music.

Gibb also enjoyed successful stints as a solo artist in the late 60s and the 1980s and co-wrote songs for other artists including Celine Dion, Kenny Rogers and Barbra Streisand.

In 2009, he went back to the top of the charts after collaborating with Sir Tom Jones and Gavin and Stacey stars James Cordon and Ruth Jones on a new version of the Bee Gees’ Islands in the Stream for Comic Relief.

Gibb composed his first classical work, Titanic Requiem, with his son Robin-John to mark the 2012 centenary of the sinking of the legendary cruise-liner. The piece premiered in London on 12 April, although Gibb was too ill to attend.

In 2003, Gibb was a judge on BBC talent show Fame Academy.

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He is survived by his older brother Barry, his second wife Dwina Murphy Gibb and his children. His twin brother Maurice died in 2003.